CRTC opens inquiry into misleading or aggressive practices of telecommunication services providers

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has recently opened an official inquiry into the “use of misleading or aggressive telecommunications services providers.” And, as of August 2018, we are actively encouraging Canadians – especially older adults – to participate in this important consultation process.

Coding old age in social imaginaries

This month’s In Focus article comes to us from Dr. Sakari Taipale at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Taipale is a research group leader for the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoEAgeCare), which studies the transformations in ageing in a digital age through analyses of everyday life and societal and policy change. In his paper, Taipale considers the ways in which digitalization of everyday life has shifted the ways we think about age and ageing.

ACT releases the report on the first wave of its cross-country longitudinal study

ACT is pleased to announce the release of the report of the first wave of its cross-country longitudinal study. The report, which is titled Older audiences in the digital media environment: A cross-national longitudinal study, provides an overview of some key findings about seniors’ uses of media from a 2016 wave of quantitative data collection, undertaken in seven […]

RECAA’s activism and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

une 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). It was initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations in 2006, and serves as a day for the world to voice its opposition to the mistreatment of seniors. In Montreal, ACT’s community partner Respecting Elders: Communities Against Abuse (RECAA) uses the day to inclusively raise awareness of elder mistreatment and elder abuse, by way of theatre practices, creative interventions and hand-to-hand leafleting in the streets.

Sarit Okun and Karine Bellerive are awarded ACT doctoral student bursaries

ACT is pleased to announce the recipients of the ACT Student Bursaries, which are awarded annually to students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs in ACT partner universities, and who are conducting research on the intersections of ageing, communication and technologies as part of their thesis projects. Sarit Okun is a doctoral student in the […]

We’re collecting stories about the predatory sales practices of Canadian telecom providers

Complaints from Canadians about the practices of phone, television and internet providers have increased by 73% in the last year. Media reports relaying situations of abuse, including tactics of overselling and upselling, are also multiplying. Who, exactly, is winning from a system that profits from abusive practices and consumer confusion? As ACT’s Kim Sawchuk, Constance Lafontaine […]

Portraits of Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Reimagining discourses on ageing.

If you google Alzheimer’s and dementia, you will find articles on “the ticking time bomb” of dementia and the socio-economic costs of Alzheimer’s. You’ll encounter videos of scientists speaking authoritatively on our inevitable cognitive decline and perhaps, most alarmingly, you’ll read messages explaining that we reach our intellectual peak at 25 years of age and it’s all just a sad descent from there.

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    Symposium on Popular Music and Ageing: Brunel University

    Following the Annual ACT meeting, the members of the Popular Music and Ageing working group will hold a one-day symposium on October 30, 2018 at Brunel University in Uxbridge, UK. More details coming soon!


    Ageing, the Digital and Everyday Life

    Ageing, the Digital and Everyday Life: One Day Seminar Brunel University London, UK. Friday 26th October 2018. Brunel University and ACT are delighted to co-host a one day seminar entitled ‘Ageing, the Digital and Everyday Life’. The speakers are...


    Premiere of Madhu’s Saris

    Join us for the premiere of the short documentary film Madhu’s Saris, which will be screened during the AGM for Respecting Elders: Communities Against Abuse on September 20, 2018. The film is the outcome of a collaborative research creation pro...